Thursday, June 18, 2009

Obama & gay rights.

I've made reference to this magazine cover before, but I had to look it up online to prove to myself I hadn't completely lost it.

The text, in case it is hard for you to read: "Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. Overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, a bill passed in 1996 by President Bill Clinton that says two things: First, that no state need treat a relationship between persons of the same sex as a marriage, even if the relationship is considered a marriage in another state, and second that the federal government may not treat same-sex relationships as marriages for any purpose, even if concluded or recognized by one of the states. Sign the Matthew Shepart Act, which was named to honor Shepard and would expand the 1969 federal hate-crimes law to include crimes motivated by a victim's gender identity, or disability. Overturn "don't ask, don't tell," the federal law that prohibits any gay or bisexual person from speaking about any same-sex relationships, including marriages or other familial attributes, while serving in the United States armed forces. Sign the Uniting American Families Act, a bill that would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in immigration laws by permitting same-sex partners of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status." (And then it starts over again.)

Of course, the clear text is: What will he do for you first?

The answer, of course? Not much of anything.

In fact, here's your Moment of Zen for the day:


The caption: "Gay rights activists protest last month outside a fundraiser in Beverly Hills attended by President Obama."

I mean, really, how can you NOT love that photo, however you feel about gay rights? What right-winger do you suppose they borrowed them from?

Now, those of you who know me know that I support darn near everything on the cover of that magazine. But I have a question for homosexuals:

Did y'all really believe him? REALLY? You thought this guy was going to put GLBT issues at the forefront of his presidency? That a man who said, OFTEN, that he was against gay marriage was going to work to repeal DoMA?

All you're going to get is excuses. And talk.

Really, given that this is a man who is apparently a-OK with the pathetic excuse for an election in Iran, homosexuals have no reason to hope. When the dude's OK with people being beaten, the foreign press being confined to their hotels, etc etc etc, what's a little discrimination between friends, eh?

Enjoy that sick leave. It's all you're getting.

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